Deputies ID Man Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver on New Year’s Eve in Encinitas – NBC 7 San Diego

The man who was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on New Year’s Day in North County has been identified, officials announced Tuesday.

David D’Lima, 23, of San Diego was killed Sunday during a midnight walk with a friend on Pacific Coast Highway in Encinitas, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSO). Deputies were called to Highway 101 just before 12:30 a.m. after they received a report of a crash involving two pedestrians.

“A vehicle was driving westbound on Encinitas Boulevard approaching Coast Highway 101 when a man was walking northbound crossing Encinitas Boulevard,” SDSO Sgt. Jeremy Collis said. “The vehicle struck the man then continued westbound onto West B Street and fled the area.”

D’Lima was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he later died.

A memorial in D’Lima’s honor has been growing at the site of the crash in the days following his death. Flowers flanked cards and signs featuring photos of D’Lima, including a sign that simply said “Why?” and the years of the 23-year-old’s birth and death.

It is unclear if the other individual the victim was with suffered any injuries or was hospitalized.

The vehicle that hit them was described as a dark-colored sedan or van, possibly a Chrysler or Dodge, with damage to the front driver’s side, according to authorities

SDSO’s Traffic Division is handling the investigation and is in search of footage from any security cameras that could have captured the hit-and-run vehicle.

Anyone with information about the crash was asked to call 760-966-3500 or the sheriff’s department at 858-565-5200.